Ohio lawmakers pass bill on historica...

Ohio lawmakers pass bill on historical documents

There are 7 comments on the Ohio.com story from Mar 30, 2012, titled Ohio lawmakers pass bill on historical documents. In it, Ohio.com reports that:

COLUMBUS: The Ohio legislature has cleared a bill that would require students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.

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Dallas, TX

#1 Mar 30, 2012
How utterly pathetic that we must pass legislation to ensure that an American public education includes instruction on our original founding documents.

FTA: "Critics of the legislation have included Democrats who say the documents are culturally narrow..."

Based on the above criticism, the legislation will be no guarantee that the documents are presented in a positive light by today's teachers.

Leftists hate these United States of America.

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#2 Mar 30, 2012
How much instructional time should be devoted to teaching the Ohio Constitution?
Just Sayin

United States

#3 Mar 30, 2012
Just look at one popular american history textbook An Unfinished Nation. This piece of work states that the attack on America on 9/11 was started by a group of men fighting for a cause NOT by extreme Jihadists following Osama Bin Laden to kill the infidels. The liberals want history to be re-written or glossed over. They are brainwashing our kids and future leaders of America.
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Dayton, OH

#5 Mar 30, 2012
Pr Jonah wrote:
How much instructional time should be devoted to teaching the Ohio Constitution?
I don't know if they still do but when I was in school you, for half of one year, had as a requirement (no opting out), take Ohio History.

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#6 Mar 30, 2012
Just Sayin wrote:
Just look at one popular american history textbook An Unfinished Nation. This piece of work states that the attack on America on 9/11 was started by a group of men fighting for a cause NOT by extreme Jihadists following Osama Bin Laden to kill the infidels. The liberals want history to be re-written or glossed over. They are brainwashing our kids and future leaders of America.
What grade level?

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#7 Mar 30, 2012
From a quick scan of the K through 8th grade social studies standards on the ODE website, it looks like 4th grade focuses on Ohio:

Ohio in the United States
The fourth-grade year focuses on the early development of Ohio and the United States. Students learn about the history, geography, government and economy of their state and nation. Foundations of U.S. history are laid as students study prehistoric Ohio cultures, early American life, the U.S. Constitution, and the development and growth of Ohio and the United States. Students begin to understand how ideas and events from the past have shaped Ohio and the United States today.

Eighth Grade seems pretty heavy on US history:

U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
The historical focus continues in the eighth grade with the study of European exploration and the early years of the United States. This study incorporates all four social studies strands into a chronologic view of the development of the United States. Students examine how historic events are shaped by geographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors.

There there are the high school courses that include American History and American Government.

This bill looks to me like a tempest in a teapot for some legistor trying to make a name by waving the flag (and pretending that nobody else is).

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#9 Mar 30, 2012
Spooktackular wrote:
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When I went to school it was 7ththe grade Ohio history with one grading period just the county history. Grade periods then were 6 weeks with a semester being 3 grading periods. Also by the time one graduated you had to take 1 year each of American Government and American history.
Some school districts only required one year combined civics / government and history.
I think that the one year of American History and American Government are still required.

But, until fairly recently (with standards) whatever went on before high school was pretty much at the discretion of the local district. As I recall, my Jr. High had a year of Social Studies, a year of American History and a year of World History. Seems like Ohio history was about 4th grade.

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